Presentation of the Year

The Presentation of the Year Award (previously part of the Paper of the Year Award) recognises the best presentation at the Water New Zealand's Annual Conference & Expo.

Each eligible paper is marked against following criteria:

  • Visual aids - clarity, legibility, catches interest.
  • Delivery - title, introduction, etc, logical flow.
  • Answering questions - confidence, completeness of answers and audience response
  • Content & actual content presented


The best presentation award winner receives a cash prize and a framed certificate.


Water New Zealand thanks Hynds for its generous sponsorship of this award since 2002.

Special Thanks

Water New Zealand thanks the Conference Technical Committee for its commitment and dedication in marking the papers.

2021 Recipient

Robert Blakemore and John Scott - Wellington Water
Our Highly Critical Assets – What is under the Bonnet?

Past Recipients of the Award




2020Evie WallaceIpcc Emissions Factors - Challenging a Fortyfold Jump in Nitrous Oxide
2019Stuart Anderson, McConnell Dowell
Army Bay WWTP outfall project - record breaking innovation
2018 Octavio Perez Garcia

A utilities' guide to starting up anammox

2017 Katrina Bukauskas, Andrew Koolhof, P Kim and M King

Small-scale wastewater treatment technologies for challenging environments

2016 Bram Beuger and Jess Daly

Challenges and Innovations in Dairy Factory Wastewater Treatment

2015 Martin Neale, Golder Re-Engineering Urban Streams: The Effects of Daylighting on Stream Ecology
2014 John Monro, Interflow Pty Ltd Design of Liners for Deteriorated Sewers - Latest Research to Make it More Efficient
2013 Ian Rabbits, Nicky Smallberger and Mike Charteris Conquering Extreme Turbidity
2012 Peter Browne Overcoming Rotorua Lakes Ecological Challenges
2011 Paul Webber et all Addressing the Environmental Effects of Mining on the Ngakawau River
2010 Chris Nokes, Catherine Moore, Barry Loe, Murray Close, Liping Pang, Viv Smith and Susie Osbaldiston Keeping Waters apart New Separation distance guideline for onsite wastewater systems and wells
2009 Kerry Newnham Using a markov model to estimate pipe detoriation
2008 Megan Devane, Brent Gilpin, Beth Robson, Fariba Nourozi and David Wood Decision analysis trees for identification of faecal sources in water
2007 Tracey Freeman & Garry Macdonald from CH2M Beca Buffer distances for odour producing infrastructure assets Planning for the future in Australia and New Zealand
2006 Matthew Sheppard, Peter Baudish and Gary Boot Biological removal of manganese in a community water supply
2005 Deborah Pedly and A Davies of Watercare and P Roan from Tonkin & Taylor Large Scale Watermain Flushing
2004 Garry Macdonald, Stephen Priestley and David Papps all from Beca Companies. Project Manukau decommissioning and restoring Mangere Oxidation Ponds to Manukau Harbour
2003 Gene Browne of Kingett Mitchell and Associates Controlling nuisance flies: An old problem with recent solutions
2002 Brent Gilpin, Marion Savill of ESR; Robert van Duvenboden of Akld RC; L Franks of Manukau CC and T James of West Coast RC The identification of human faecal contamination in river waters using new chemical and molecular microbial indicators
2001 Jonathan Coakely of Ministry for the Environment Practical Tools for the Management of hazardous waste
2000 Peter Browne of URS New Zealand Ltd Small community and institutional wastewater treatment and disposal
1999 Louis Schipper and Maja Vojvodic-Vukovic of Landcare Research Denitrification Walls: A practical approach for removing nitrate from shallow groundwater
1998 Graham McBride of NIWA; Desmond Till, Consultant and Clare Salmond of the Wellington School of Medicine National study of health effects of marine bathing and implications for new guidelines
1997 G Ionas, JJ Learmonth, SD Herd, EA Keys and TJ Brown from the Dept. of Microbiology and Genetics at Massey University What is Cryptosporidium? Is it found in New Zealand Waters: Can we improve current methods of detection?
1995 Tracy Freeman of Beca Steven & Shiu Singh Wiremakers Ltd Manufacture of chlorinated copperas adding value to by-products
1994 Bill Vant of NIWA and Mike Larcombe of Bioresearches What wastewater nutrient load should Manukau Harbour take?
1993 Garry Macdonald of Beca Steven, Auckland A regional Wastewater scheme for Hawkes Bay
1992 D & D McAven of Prebbleton Pollution, a personal perspective from Prebbleton
1991 K Mackie of FRI Rotorua Assessing the impacts of the Forest Industries on the Upper Waikato River: A report on a collaborative public good programme
1990 M Larcombe of Bioresearches Auckland Marine disposal of sewage into the Bay of Plenty: How much more or how much longer?
1989 G Bedford, J Whittaker & A Wilson of New Plymouth City Council An innovation sludge treatment process
1988 CBM Duncan, Consulting Engineer of Auckland Land treatment and disposal of municipal wastewater on the Coromandel Peninsula
1987 JC Rutherford and RD Pridmore of DSIR Water Quality Centre, Hamilton The significance of phosphorus and nitrogen in the management of Lake Rotorua
1986 DJ Orbell of Fielding Borough Council Trials and tribulations associated with the treatment of waste discharges from a corn processing plant
1985 MJ Noonan of Lincoln University Sources and sinks of faecal coliform bacteria in a river system